Job Posting: Health Communications Specialist

Department of Public Health

Health Communications Specialist

$6,496.00 - $8,131.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 9/23/2021

Job Description and Duties

This position supports the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) mission and strategic plan by disseminating information and building partnerships to expand surveillance systems and advance health equity, particularly among California workers.


Under the general direction of the Public Health Medical Officer III, Chief, Occupational Health Surveillance & Evaluation Program, the Health Program Specialist (HPS) II is responsible for the planning, implementation, and dissemination of outreach and education to employers, local health departments, and other partners regarding COVID-19 workplace outbreak reporting and tracking. This work implements mandates of Assembly Bill 685 (Chapter 84, Statutes of 2020) requiring CDPH to receive employer reports of COVID-19 outbreaks forwarded by local health departments and report outbreaks by industry on its website. The HPS II will conceptualize complex program strategies and demonstrate a high level of accountability in implementing AB 685 reporting mandates.

This position is located in Richmond, CA. However, telework (remote) from within California may be considered.

“Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications of the Health Program Specialist II classification and are interested in this position, may take the Health Program Specialist II exam to obtain list eligibility. List eligibility is required prior to appointment.” If you have not taken the HPS II exam, please follow the link below:

Please let us know how you heard about our position by taking this brief survey:

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Health Communications Specialist
$6,496.00 - $8,131.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Contra Costa County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The Occupational Health Branch (OHB) works to promote safe and healthy workplaces for all Californians by identifying and evaluating workplace hazards, tracking patterns of work-related illness and injury, providing technical assistance to employers and local health departments regarding workplace safety, and working with partners to conduct outreach and education to employers and employees. Within OHB, the Occupational Health Surveillance and Evaluation Program (OHSEP) tracks work-related injuries and diseases, assesses occupational exposures to hazards, and makes safety prevention recommendations to workers and employers.

Special Requirements

For experience/education to qualify during the application screening process, and to ensure that minimum qualifications can be determined, applicants should include all employment history on the Employment Application (STD 678) and/or Resume, including detailed job descriptions, hours worked per week, and start/end dates (MM/DD/YYYY).  Application packages without this information will experience delayed processing times and your eligibility for this position may be impacted.

The Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) will be used to pre-screen applicants for the Health Program Specialist II position. The SOQ must be included with your State Application to be considered for this position. Candidates are required to include a resume or curriculum vitae (CV); however, resumes and CVs will not be considered in lieu of the Statement of Qualifications. SOQ responses should be limited to no longer than 2 total pages and must address the following:  

  1. Describes why you are interested in this position
  2. Details how your qualifications and previous job experiences have prepared you for the duties and responsibilities of this position.
  3. Describes relevant education and prior experience in public health communications (or similar experience), including outreach and education, and coordination with multiple stakeholder groups, and any experience in occupational and/or environmental health and/or COVID-19-related work.

PLEASE NOTE: Resumes, letters, Supplemental Questionnaire, transcripts, degrees, your state application, cover letters and other materials will not take the place of the Statement of Qualifications.  Simply copying and pasting your resume will also not be accepted. Responses should be numbered and with the questions submitted in the same order. Applications received without an SOQ may be rejected.

Application Instructions

Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: 9/23/2021

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply. Individuals who are eligible for a Training and Development assignment may also be considered for this position(s).

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.
Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

Department of Public Health
Attn: Classification & Certification Unit
P.O. Box 997378
MS 1700-1702
Sacramento, CA 95899-7378

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

Department of Public Health
Classification & Certification Unit
1615 Capitol Avenue Suite 73.430
Sacramento, CA 95814
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Resume is required and must be included.
  • Statement of Qualifications -

    Please see Statement of Qualifications instructions above in Special Requirements.  Any applications received that do not provide a written response to the SOQ above will not be scored/reviewed.  

Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:
  • Relevant education and experience in planning and implementing public health communications campaigns, and in occupational and/or environmental health and/or COVID-19 public health work.
  • Relevant education and experience in developing public health educational materials and graphical data displays.
  • Outstanding management of time and priorities.
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse program stakeholders and a multidisciplinary staff.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written).
  • Strong technical, analytical, and problem-solving skills.


Benefit information can be found on the CalHR website and the CalPERS website.

Contact Information

The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the application process. The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position.

Human Resources Contact:
Human Resources Division
(916) 445-0983
Hiring Unit Contact:
Thien Phan
(510) 620-5864

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
EEO Office
(916) 445-0938
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.